Many men smoke

Some anonymous, highly competent Peking bureaucrat (tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, … one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present ) – told that quarantines don’t work:

“Hold my Tsingtao.”

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27 Responses to Many men smoke

  1. Craken says:

    It was doubly clever of them to export people/agents abroad even as they imposed quarantine within.
    I doubt that quarantine was feasible in America–too much political division and too little elite credibility. Maybe with something more virulent quarantine could have happened, but it’s an open question since its virulence wasn’t clear when we decided to forego any effort at quarantine. The Left dismissed the threat early, then handed the dismissal baton to the Right so soon as Covid’s severity became obvious. The federal agencies, the politicos, the media morons across the spectrum, the social media commissars, the credentialed experts: almost all bumbling and mendacious, credibility-free.

  2. teageegeepea says:

    I don’t understand the relevance of the title.

  3. Smithie says:

    I think Mr. Moto was the best of the oriental pulps. (If you can call the Saturday Evening Post a pulp.) The author Marquand actually won a Pulitzer for another book he wrote.

    But I always did have a soft spot for the character of Fu Manchu. That sort of story, of a civilizational contest of domination between different races set in the modern age seems like a pretty rare fish. Definitely, not the standard theme in fiction today.

    I wonder if Rohmer ever made any real-life prognostications about China’s rise.

  4. Gord Marsden says:

    From an old national lampoon, back in Nagasaki where the men all chew tabaki and the women wikiwaki woo. Nearly 50 years I’ve had that stuck in my brain ,it’s all yours now

  5. j says:

    Tsingtau, a legacy of German colonialism. But the Chinese don’t care.

    • ghazisiz says:

      In Latin America, and even in the US, most breweries seem to have been established by Germans.

      • Smithie says:

        Germans often seem to dislike American beer. I wonder if they would like beer from other countries with beer companies started by Germans, but which didn’t suffer from Prohibition.

        • John Massey says:

          I was friendly with a German barman who visited the Tsingtau Brewery and said he didn’t like the look of the state of their pipes. Still, to me it tastes better than most lager, which is really not saying much.

  6. Rob says:

    Greg, do you still think the sphingolipid buildup from Gauchers, etc. increase IQ in heterozygous? If so, would one get some effect by taking sphingolipids or their precursors? If so, when would the supplementation window open and close? Like, would it be like iodine and has no effect on IQ when adults take it? Or would it be like creatine, where supplementation may make even healthy young adults smarter?

  7. zeev zurr says:

    which of the following further 2 explanations make more sense:
    1. the threat of a plague triggers a culturally cultivated placebo effect to the east asians that activates their innate immune system.
    2. the bio experts in wuhan succeeded in exploiting a genetic something unique to their race..

  8. j says:

    “A major risk factor for contracting severe forms of COVID-19 is a gene cluster inherited from Neanderthals, according to a study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, published Wednesday. The probability that humans who inherited this gene variation have to be put on a ventilator when they contract the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 is three times higher.”

    If so, why all the media emphasizes that the virus specially attacks colored populations?

    • Gimeiyo says:

      In the US, at least along the East Coast, there were widespread rumours in the Black community as late as April (and maybe since?) that Blacks were naturally immune. It was so bad Baltimore’s public health authorities had to put out propaganda specifically to combat these rumours. I expect that as a result of this widespread but erroneous belief Blacks probably took fewer precautions, and reacted negatively to efforts to police behaviour to reduce the spread of infection. Many of the stories about people reacting violently to mask mandates are queued up as though it’s right-wing libertarians or middle aged “Karens” who are picking fights with shopkeepers but when you look at the photos, a disproportionate number of them turn out to be Black. Police were also discouraged from breaking up large gatherings and block parties in minority neighbourhoods (except for Jews) because of concerns about racism. Lastly, exacerbating conditions like obesity and high blood pressure are more common among Blacks than Whites. All that meant that along the East Coast, non-Asian minorities were infected at a higher rate and suffered severe complications at a higher rate than Whites.

      In the states that peaked later (albeit at much much lower levels than NY/NJ), the statistics are less lopsided. Last time I looked, maybe a month ago, Texas looked pretty even between Blacks and Whites.

    • iffen says:

      If so, why all the media emphasizes that the virus specially attacks colored populations?

      Where have you been for the last ten years?

  9. Rob says:


    It seems Michigan State University has a variant of pooled sample testing that seems really interesting. From

    “ No participant will be told to seek a diagnostic test by “association” in a pool.

    The pooling process is innovative and does not require “pool mates” to be sent for follow up testing. Here’s how it works: Each participant’s saliva sample is placed in two pools with others and they are the only person unique to those two pools. Both pools must light up as positive for the individual to be flagged as positive. If you are in only one pool that lights up and your other pool is negative, that means someone else in the first pool was responsible for the pool’s positivity.”

    Is that possible? Even if it is not, has pooled sample testing ever been applied to pharmaceutical research? I’m thinking along the lines of ‘we have a library of 5000 compounds, and are only interested in pursuing drugs that are very, very effective, and work well below their toxic dose. So we’re going to split the library into x pools of y compounds, and inject each pool into z animals that model the disease. If none of the animals are cured, back to the drawing board. But if any of the animals are cured, we drink some well-earned scotch, and split that pool into either smaller pools or test individual compounds.’ If that wouldn’t work at the animal stage, could they do it in the in vitro or cell culture stage, and try out more compounds more cheaply than they would be able to otherwise?

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